Founder and Managing Director
Arnold Tijdens is a farm born banker with over 18 years of banking experience in Europe, Africa and Asia. He started his career with Rabobank in Corporate Banking and Trade & Commodity Finance. Since 2011 he has been responsible for setting up agri finance departments for Rabobank’s partner banks in Rwanda and Uganda. In 2016 he moved to Asia where he was seconded to Yoma Bank to design un(der) secured loan products for the agriculture sector. He carries extensive experience with supporting commercial banks how to successfully finance the agricultural sector through tailored loan and credit products and using digital solutions. Arnold is the founder and MD of Kilimo Finance.
Quan Nguyen has been working as a project manager for more than 7 years, especially in the coffee industry. In 2016, he joined a coffee producer named The Married Beans, a pioneer in the third wave of coffee in Vietnam, as deputy manager and then came up with his initiative Coffee Warriors (CW), a platform that strengthens sustainable development in the coffee industry and promotes the specialty coffee movement in Vietnam. He got his BE at HCMC University of Technology. Quan Nguyen is also the founding curator of Global Shaper Community - Dalat Hub, the talent at UNLEASH 2018 - Innovation Lab for SDGs, a recipient of 2018 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grant and an awardee of PFP Alumni Impact Award 2019 from the US State Department.